Legislative response to investigation into Medicaid

One of the most rewarding parts of being a journalist is getting results.

My recent investigation uncovered how Georgia’s zero-tolerance policy regarding Medicaid fraud was inadvertently threatening to shutter facilities for the disabled on account of clerical errors.

I filed several reports about facilities facing huge fines for small errors that had nothing to do with fraud. The situation was compounded but the fact there were nearly 8,000 disabled Georgians on a waiting list for services because of a lack of providers.I was invited to discuss my investigation on Georgia Public Broadcasting.

In response to my reporting, state lawmakers held a hearing on the issue and passed legislation in 2016 to exempt clerical errors from the policy.


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